Archive for April, 2013

Do you remember Archibald Carlyle Thompson?

April 4, 2013


As I’ve mentioned previously, I get quite a number of emails from people who are researching their family tree. On a few occasions I have been able to help them personally but, usually it’s a visitor to this blog who is able to provide information. Today I received the following email from Jayne Ward. It’s quite clear and self-explanatory and her email address is also provided, so if you can help please contact Jayne direct by email. If you cannot do this for any reason then please send the information to me and I will pass it on.

Dear David

I am researching my family tree and I wonder if you could post the following on your Old Pontypool Blog please?

I am trying to trace the relatives of my maternal grandfather, Archibald Carlyle Thompson.  He was born in 1897 in Sebastopol.  He was the eldest son of Arthur Thompson and Mary Jane Phillips and they lived at 4 Moseley Terrace, Pontrhydyrun.  Archibald had 6 siblings, Edith May (born 1898), Maria (born 1901), Charles (born 1903), Bill (born 1905), Mary Rose (born 1907) and Harry (born 1910).

From my family tree research it would appear that Maria married Benjamin Butler in 1921, Charles married Annie Desmond in 1936, Bill married Doris Morgan in 1934, Mary Rose married Cyril Davies in 1928 and Harry married Ellen Probert in 1933.

The Thompson family have lived in the Pontypool area since 1861 when John and Sarah Thompson moved there from London.

After WW1 Archibald moved to the West Midlands, married and had five children.  He died in 1942 when my Mom was 4.

My family visited Archibalds brother Bill and his wife Doris in 1974.  They lived in Tranch Road Pontypool.  I met their daughter Agnes and her husband Brian Roberts on that visit.  They had a daughter called Melanie.  Bill wroteregularly to my Mom during 1974, giving details about his brothers and sisters and I still have his letters.

If anybody has any information that could help me and would like to get in touch, my email address is


Many thanks for your help David.  I found your blog really interesting.

Kind regards

Jayne Ward

A Griffithstown enquiry

April 2, 2013



I’ve just received the following enquiry from Mary Lurvey who, like many other visitors to this blog, is researching her family tree.


Hi David, 

I’m Mary,  I think your pages on Pontypool and surrounding areas are brilliant, I however am interested in Griffithstown for the reason my grandparents Percy and Nell and father Peter Durman were living there. My grandparents may or or may not have stood out from the crowd because of their accents originaly from Taunton in Somerset.  

My grandfather worked on the railways somewhere around Griffithstown in the later part of the 1920s and early 60s and I know they lived at 39 Oxford Street (which still exists).  

My father was born in 1927 at a place named Ashley Cottage and I know my Grandfather was on the railways at that time. 

I know this is going to be a long shot but does any of this info sound familiar to you? I only have this information because I’m researching my family tree.  Would you have any memories or know of someone that would? “THANK YOU” for taking the time to read this email.

Kind Regards



I remember visiting a Great Aunt who had a shop near Oxford St, also from Taunton. Would this ring a bell?  Again Thank you.


I can’t remember anyone called Peter Durman. As he would be two years older than I it’s possible he might have gone to West Mon the same time as me; but, of course, he might have attended another school. If any other visitors to this blog know anything about Mary’s family, please email me with the details which I will pass on to Mary; or I can put you both in touch if you are both agreeable to this. I don’t publish the emails of visitors who contact me unless I get their permission to do so. I’m sure you appreciate the reason for this.